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Day 11, Part 1: Jackson, Mississippi…The End

8 May


{family portrait/ photo by One Part Gypsy}

I awoke at Motel 6 under an orange bedspread, very confused about where I was. This was starting to happen a lot- I never knew where the hell I was when I first woke up!

Too many cities…too many beds.

After getting my bearings, I showered up, we packed the car (at this point we could pack a car in 1 minute flat- we were like machines) and set off to continue on our adventure.

Can I be honest about something? I wasn’t a big fan of Jackson, MS. I think one of my readers said it best in a note she wrote to me yesterday-

“The only thing I liked about Jackson, MS was leaving…”

Hahahaha. This really got a laugh out of me. But, in all seriousness, she’s kinda right. I’m not saying Jackson is horrible. I’m just saying when you are going to amazing cities like Memphis, New Orleans, Charleston and Austin it kinda falls a little flat.

Geez somebody in Jackson now probably hates me…

 Before we left Jackson to head to Memphis (which was probably one of my favorite cities on the trip so get ready for lots and lots of Memphis posts), we drove around downtown Jackson to see a bit more of the city.

My favorite moments from our drive-

{The trees at the The Fairview}

{this celebrate Jesus sign…it just screams party doesn’t it?}

{Rachel with the Andrew Jackson statue in front of The Jackson City Hall}

{Brent’s Drugs- It has been there since 1946 and was also a location used in the movie “The Help”}

{The blue skies with flags in front of The Jackson Courthouse}

{me in front of The State Capital}

Afterwards we stopped at Julep for one last Mississippi meal. This was the meal I fell in love with southern biscuits and fried green tomatoes. In my everyday life (when I am not touring America with my best girlfriend), I don’t eat biscuits and now I know why! They are too buttery and too delicious to have on one’s list of appropriate things to eat everyday! I do realize that my introduction to them were in the south and they may never be this good ever again.

{photo by One Part Gypsy}….

Day 11, Part 2 : Arriving in Tennessee up next!!


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Day 6, part 1: Driving to Marfa, Texas

23 Apr


Day 6, Part 1

Scheduling issues, trunks, Dirt Devils, Texas & Marfa

This just in- Rachel and I should not be given the task of planning itineraries in the future…we  happened to plug-in some insane departure times, driving times and were overly ambitious when scheduling our days. I’m not sure if Superman could pull off our itinerary. Our running joke on the trip has been asking aloud…”who planned this schedule?” Most days we get up at 5am to either drive an insane amount of hours, photograph or write. By evening we could both easily fall asleep by 7pm (I wish I was kidding but seriously 7pm has become the new bedtime over here).

So when I looked at our itinerary for Day 6, it read….

Departure from Ghost Ranch @ 5am

Driving time to Marfa, Texas 8 hours

Arrival time in Marfa, Texas 1pm

I looked at Rachel and said- “who planned this schedule?”

When the alarm sounded at 4:30 am, Rachel and I just started laughing in the dark at the absurdity of it all. We were up in the mountains, it was pitch dark, freezing (25 degrees which is cold for us CA girls) and we had to pack up a car and drive for 8 hours? SERIOUSLY, WHO PLANNED THIS ITINERARY?

If I didn’t know better I would think it was somebody who hated us.

We dragged ourselves out of bed and half asleep we packed the car in the dark and headed out of the mountains. When the sun came up two hours later I looked in my rearview window and noticed that my trunk was wide open. WHAT?! I was driving with my trunk open for the last two hours through the mountains!! We just started laughing. I pulled over and Rachel ran out to close it but not before taking this picture.

When she returned to the car, she said through laughter…”well your bag was unzipped and some clothes were hanging out. I guess we will know if you’re missing anything when we get to Marfa”

Not the best news at 7am but what are you going to do.

The highlights from our 8 hour drive

1. Taking a picture with the Texas state sign!

2. When we were driving through Texas on a 2 lane highway in the middle of nowhere and we saw what looked like a mini tornado in the distance. I thought…omg my Dad was right there’s a tornado!! I started taking pictures of it that was until it started coming toward us and Rachel screamed “Oh my God, we are doing exactly what your father told us not to do!!! We’re driving towards a tornado!!!” and slammed on the brakes.

I closed my eyes and tried to roll up my window as quick as I could and Rachel screamed…”It’s got a tumbleweed!!!!”

It’s got a tumbleweed!!!?? Well that’s not good!!! For a moment there I thought we were going to die. I seriously thought that I was going to die and my Dad was going to be proven right…I didn’t know what was worse!

Instead of lifting up our car, the dirt cloud passed over us like a gust of wind.

We barely felt a thing.

We looked at each other with wide eyes and both burst out laughing.

After googling it we learned that it was a “Dirt Devil” and not dangerous AT ALL.

I blame my father for our overreaction to the dirt cloud.

3. Taking pictures with my car

As we were approaching Marfa, Texas I looked at my phone and said…”Rachel, I have bad news. It’s happened again. We lost an hour.”

Marfa here we come!

 See Rachel’s take here!

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29 Mar


Until Monday, Rachel and I were planning to stay in Austin, TX for two nights on the road trip, but changed our minds the minute we learned about a dusty little town in the high desert of West Texas. Enter in the newest addition to our overly ambitious road trip itinerary- Marfa, Texas! Despite a population of only 1,981 it’s become an artist community and cosmic wonder due to The Marfa Lights (aliens?!), Judd Foundation (modern art) and a Prada store (which is less of a store and more of an art installation).

I have a new obsession with Marfa, Texas and I really hope it lives up to my expectations! The odds are stacked in Marfa’s favor because we will be staying at the El Cosmico and sleeping in a teepee!

Have any of you guys been there? I would love some input?!


15 Dec


{ cover by One Part Gypsy }

I’m seriously chomping at the bit to get on the open road! I’m a girl who likes to be on the move and off on a new adventure as often as possible. I have a feeling that I may have to put a stop to this at some point so I can have a big girl life. It seems you can’t settle down and have a family if you are always on the move. What a shame. That’s why it’s on my list of goals before I hit 30!  At the moment the exact details of my drive being sorted out but here are the things I do know…

I want to drive through the southern states this spring (no fun to do it in the snow!)

I’d like different friends to join for the drive when they can.

Ideally I’d like to make the trip in a groovy Airstream trailer– maybe with a big “365 til 30” written on the side of it?? Ok I’m kidding about the logo…I think.

I want to travel around for a month.

I want to stay in as many funny and ridiculous motels as possible

I want to have a beer in a dusty old bar in the middle of nowhere.

I want/need/require a Polaroid camera for the trip ( For some reason my inspiration photos for the trip have a 70’s feel to them and for that reason I have decided a Polaroid camera seems to be the right fit)

I want to hang with locals in every town I visit so I can write about my conversations with them

I’d love to interview every person I meet about what it means to be 30.

and I want lots and lots of good music to carry me through my journey.

Here’s my first compilation mix…


“It wouldn’t be a road trip without these songs”

{click on them to hear}

1. “Sweet Home Alabama” by lynrd Skynrd

2. “Everyday is a winding road” by Sheryl Crow

3. “Drive my car” by The Beatles

4. “Life is a highway” by Tom Cochrane

5. “I’ve been everywhere” Johnny Cash

6. “Paradise City” by Guns n’ Roses

7. “Life in the fast lane” by Eagles

8. “Free Fallin” by Tom Petty

9. “American Girl” by Tom Petty

10. “Hit the road jack” by Ray Charles

11. “Baba O’Riley” by The Who

12. “Born to run” by Bruce Springsten

13. “Turn the page” by Bob Segar

14. “On the road again” by Willie Nelson

15. “Riders of the storm” by The Doors

16. “Running on empty” by Jackson Browne

17. “Truckin” by Grateful Dead

18. “Don’t Stop” by Fleetwood Mac

19. “You can’t catch me” by Chuck Berry

20. “Low rider” by War


12 Oct



“Strong and content I travel the open road.”

Walt Whitman

Song of the Open Road


29 Jul



-What inspired me this week?-

Being on the open road.

Working on 365 til 30

My partners photography

Envisioning a beautiful new living space

Getting out of my comfort zone

-What am I grateful for this week?-

A change in perspective

Brian’s support and creative help with pictures


My family

Seeing movement with working at one of my favorite websites

Aunt Paule & Papa Irv for giving me a cooking lesson

-What surprised me this week?-

The fact that I handled raw chicken, completed an 8 mile hike, balanced my checkbook and slept in a tent.


“The optimist sees the donut, the pessimist sees the hole.”

Oscar Wilde